An amusing, and occasionally poignant after lunch talk to Probus

It must be Probus love-in day here on this blog, ’cause here’s a report on yesterday’s Cambereley & District Probus Club lunch meeting post-lunch presentation.

Joanna Palmer & Andrew BainesThe presentation on a young Royal Engineer officer’s experiences in the First World War based on the letters he wrote home to his mother. The presenters, Andrew Baines and his sister Joanna Palmer, spoke from extracts of their book ‘Dearest Mother’. Part of the synopsis of the book in Amazon is,

These letters have been brought to life by the editors, who are grandchildren of John Baines, in a refreshing and unusual way. Through careful research, many additional details of topics John writes about are included – individuals, articles, places, military aspects, family and also of his mother’s life back on the Home Front.

Andrew Baines and his sister Joanna Palmer delivered their talk in the uniform and dress of the time. A lunch time talk to be recommended. John Baines letters are amusing, occasionally poignant, and written with relaxed stoicism in the circumstances in which he found himself serving in the Army in WW1.

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